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U.S. Air Force Warns Those Planning to Storm Area 51: The Military ‘Stands Ready’

What started as a tongue-in-cheek plan by UFO enthusiasts to storm a notoriously secretive U.S. Air Force base to “see them aliens” has turned into a national security issue. The U.S. Air Force has now offered a word of caution to the more than half a million people who said they would be attending the Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” in September: “[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,”spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post. “The U.S. Air Read More

FACEBOOK BLAMES USERS FOR DESTROYING THEIR OWN RIGHT TO PRIVACY

IN APRIL 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat before members of both houses of Congress and told them his company respected the privacy of the roughly two billion people who use it. “Privacy” remained largely undefined throughout Zuckerberg’s televised flagellations, but he mentioned the concept more than two dozen times, including when he toldthe Senate’s Judiciary and Commerce committees, “We have a broader responsibility to protect people’s privacy even beyond” a consent decree from federal privacy regulators, and when he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee, “We believe that everyone around the world deserves good privacy controls.” A year later, Zuckerberg claimed in interviews and essays Read More

After Stonewall: The Story of 50 Years of Love and Activism

A landmark exhibition by photographer Collier Schorr celebrates LGBTQ radicals past and present at the influential Alice Austen House museum, to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Help Bring Baba Yaga’s House to Fly Ranch

Bringing Baba Yaga’s House Home For centuries this ornery witch’s hut has walked the earth searching for the proper spot for an enchanted avian dwelling to roost. Finally, Baba Yaga’s House has found her next home – Fly Ranch. For five years, Yaga will serve as a guardian to a 3,800-acre oasis of hot springs, cold springs, geysers, plant life, and animals. Nestled 20 minutes north of Gerlach, this breathtaking landscape is an explosion of life hidden within the Black Rock Desert. Our five-year installation is a rare opportunity for our community to come together to help place a large-scale art piece at a unique home for all to Read More

Two Nights, Five Moderators, 20 Candidates: NBC Trying For Debate Double Feature

The networks, the candidates and the Democratic Party have a lot riding on the first debates of the 2020 primary process, beginning Wednesday. NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo are hoping that months of planning will pay off when 10 Democratic presidential candidates take the stage Wednesday in Miami, followed by 10 more Thursday night. The networks were awarded the first debate in the Democratic presidential primary process, a highly sought-after prize considering the intense news interest in the 2020 field and the potential for massive ratings. (CNN goes next month.) “I can tell you with 100 percent confidence that it’s going well,” Rashida Jones, senior vp specials for Read More

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Google+ Social Networking Site Will Be Shutting Down On April 2

Is your personal Google+ account going away on April 2, 2019? The answer to that question is yes, that’s when the process of closing down the apparently unloved and little-used Google+ social network will begin. In December 2018 Google announced that they would be shuttering their Google+ social networking site for good due “to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.” On 30 January 2019, the search engine giant offered a specific date for the beginning of the shutdown process — 2 April 2019: On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down Read More

Oscars 2019

Time For Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List Is Here And…

The Academy Awards will air live Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here is the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations: Best Picture: “Black Panther” “BlacKkKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Green Book” “Roma” “A Star Is Born” “Vice” Lead Actor: Christian Bale, “Vice” Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” Lead Actress: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” Glenn Close, “The Wife” Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born” Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” Read More

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Locker Room Trysts Trouble Health Clubs; What Are They Doing About It?

A FEW months ago Timothy Young, a comedian and puppeteer, headed to the steam room of a Y.M.C.A. in Brooklyn to relax after working out. When he opened the door, he saw two men kissing and fondling each other. “Go ahead, I don’t care,” Mr. Young, 31, told them. But he did leave the room. Not all gymgoers are blasé when they stumble upon locker-room canoodling. “They’re infringing on my right to work out at the gym without having to deal with that nonsense,” said Cyd Zeigler Jr., a member of David Barton Gym and a co-founder of Outsports.com, an online magazine for gay sports fans and Read More

Planet Earth Wobbles As It Spins, and Now Scientists Know Why

Humans are responsible for some of the wobble in Earth’s spin. Since 1899, the Earth’s axis of spin has shifted about 34 feet (10.5 meters). Now, research quantifies the reasons why and finds that a third is due to melting ice and rising sea levels, particularly in Greenland — placing the blame on the doorstep of anthropogenic climate change. Another third of the wobble is due to land masses expanding upward as the glaciers retreat and lighten their load. The final portion is the fault of the slow churn of the mantle, the viscous middle layer of the planet. “We have provided evidence for more than one Read More

Dorothy’s ruby slippers stolen 13 years ago have now been found by the FBI

Glinda, the Good Witch of the South in “The Wizard of Oz,” says it best when she describes the appeal of those ruby red slippers to the Wicked Witch of the West: “Their magic must be very powerful, or she wouldn’t want them so badly.” And so, for 13 years, the fate of a missing pair of red sequined slippers worn by actress Judy Garland as Dorothy has eluded law enforcement. But there’s no place like home, as they say, and the shoes have been found, according to the FBI. On Tuesday afternoon, authorities intend to reveal details of the shoes’ recovery at the FBI Minneapolis headquarters. Read More